TC Report: Eagles Work On Execution
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles scaled it back a bit on Monday, eschewing the pads in favor of a two-hour, 10/10/10 practice session focused on execution from both sides of the football.
The session featured cycles of 10 offensive plays, 10 defensive plays and then 10 minutes of special-teams work designed for each unit to work on its goal for the particular play.
As an example, in the offense's 10 plays, the unit is set up to succeed and the defense is only on the field in a scout-team capacity, there to give the offense a look it might see on gameday but also asked to back off and allow the offense to see how the play call is supposed to work in optimum conditions.
Similarly, during the defensive portion, the offense is working as a scout team with the drills designed to allow Jim Schwartz's unit to execute.
The fans assembled at the NovaCare Complex today were likely appalled to see Carson Wentz's throw into double coverage right to safety Rodney McLeod but it was nothing to be concerned about.
In fact a 10/10/10 practice can be so deceiving at times that the Eagles even alerted the media in case a reporter was about to Tweet out how poorly the quarterback or a particular defensive back looked on a given play. Or, for that matter, how dominant a receiver looked when he was being allowed to catch the football.
The fine-tuning session was undertaken before the first off day of camp scheduled for Tuesday.
-There is little question that this offensive coaching staff is trying to manufacture more touches for Josh Huff, the third-year receiver who has struggled running routes and creating separation during his NFL career but remains electric with the ball in his hands.
"I can't talk about what we are running," Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews told 973espn.com, "but I'll just say if I was the coaching staff I would want the ball in Josh's hands as much as possible. Other than maybe Darren (Sproles) I don't think there is a better player on this team with the ball in is hands."
-Receiver Nelson Agholor, cornerback Ron Brooks and safety Malcolm Jenkins had the Go-Pros on their helmets Monday in a continuing effort to give the coaching staff a field-level view of what their players see and are doing in response to it. Others who have worn the camera helmet include rookie safety Blake Countess and backup QB Chase Daniel.
-Schwartz's unveiled a 4-4 look against jumbo offensive packages designed to run the football. Nigel Bradham kicked inside in the defense next to Jordan Hicks, while Najee Goode joined Mychal Kendricks on the outside. The Second team was Bradham and Joe Walker at ILB with Goode and Deontae Skinner as the OLBs.
-There was a little McLeod on McLeod crime in South Philadelphia during the session as Rodney victimized fourth-string QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson.
-Veteran left tackle Jason Peters limped off at one point but seemed OK.
-Running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) and left guard Brandon Brooks (hamstring) have now missed a full week of camp.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen